WIIS Scotland (the Scottish companion scheme to WIIS England) is run by SASA, a Division of the Scottish Government Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate.
Incidents of suspected poisoning of animals by pesticides in Scotland are investigated. The aim of the scheme is to identify any adverse effects on non-target animals that might arise from the approved use of pesticides. If the data gathered by the scheme, and sister schemes throughout the UK, indicate a particular problem, then the registration status of the pesticide concerned is subject to review by the UK regulatory body. The data are also used in the validation and improvement of risk assessments for existing and new compounds.
In cases where there is evidence to indicate either the misuse or the deliberate abuse of pesticides, the results of investigations may also be used in the enforcement of legislation affording protection to animals.
A database of incident information (1972 onwards) is maintained, and can be interrogated to provide information required by the Scottish Government and to service requests from other parties. Requests for information should be directed to email@example.com.
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Wildlife Management staff undertake WIIS field investigations involving the suspected illegal use of fumigation products, and provide advice to statutory authorities, such as the Police, on the legalities of traps and snares. Field information and residue data are assessed, and where possible incidents of poisoning attributed to one of the following categories of use: Approved use, Misuse, Abuse, Background, Veterinary use, Unspecified use.